A Spotlight On
Rating: ★★★★★
Platform: Online streaming service 

Discover, learn from and access the world's greatest innovators, educators and experts in live theatre. Be inspired by their stories, skills, tips and tricks as you watch exclusive content released each month. 

From Broadway to London's West End, 40+ guests including writers, directors, performers, designers and composers share their collective wisdom through never-before-seen interviews, masterclasses and documentaries.

For a while now, there's been a gap in the market for a streaming service that caters to theatre fans, and A Spotlight On has done just that. A Spotlight On is a brand new streaming service which gives an insight into the world of theatre, with a range of content; from masterclasses, to interviews, to online concerts, and more. 

It works just like other popular streaming services like Amazon Prime or Netflix. A Spotlight On costs just £5.99 a month, or you can have a full year's access for £50. However, with our exclusive code STAGEPAGE10, you get 10% off a yearly membership - meaning it's just £45 for theatre content for a year!

As the service has just launched, there's just a few interviews available. Currently, the interviews and masterclasses available are Michael Ahomka-Lindsay, Natalie Paris, Tony-award winning Sir Simon Russell Beale and Lolita Chakrabarti

However, with May fast approaching, there's some exciting new content dropping - including interviews and shorts with: Jamie Muscato, Rob Madge, Samantha Bond, Ellen Kane and In the Wings with Mickey Jo. This is a new series which shines a spotlight on the unsung heroes of theatre.

In terms of aesthetic, the website is sleek, professional and inviting. Above all, it's incredibly easy to navigate. I love the design and I'm yet to encounter any technical issues or glitches on the site; it's all very seamless, which I think is great for a newly launched service.

One thing I noticed was that all of the videos already have English subtitles available, which as a disabled person, helps me massively. In regards to accessibility, there's not too much to say other than that at the moment.

After watching a few videos, there were a few aspects I really enjoyed. For example, the videos are around 40-50 minutes in length, but there's a breakdown of shorter clips below the full episode that the viewer may find interesting. You can dip in and out of these, and it's ideal if you don't want to watch a full episode, or simply don't have time.

The first video I watched was the interview with Natalie Paris. It gave us a closer insight into her time on Six, and how the role came about. There were so many funny stories interwoven into the episode (Natalie's first gig being in an Abba tribute band was brilliant!) and also some important tips and advice too. The interviewers are great. It feels natural and unscripted, which I think is important. In depth questions were asked throughout; many of which you likely won't have heard answered before. 

Having only just launched this month, I think A Spotlight On is off to an amazing start, and I can't wait to see the content that comes over the following months. They've promised over 100+ hours of content in the next year or so, which I think is an absolute steal for just £45 with my discount code (STAGEPAGE10).

Have you checked out any of the content yet? Are you excited to see how this theatre streaming service pans out? I'd love to know your thoughts.

You can sign up to A Spotlight On, here.
Remember to use code: STAGEPAGE10 for 10% off your annual membership!

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